On Sunday evening the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) held its annual Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAS) at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto, ON.
Each year, stakeholders in recreational boating safety gather to honour the people, programs, organizations and marinas that make an outstanding effort to keep the environment clean or to aid fellow boaters.
This year's winners by category included:
• Best Boating Safety Initiative Award – Constable David Moffatt from the Ontario Provincial Police.
Moffatt served in Bracebridge from 1997 to 2005, which included marine law enforcement duties. He created a program called 'I got caught wearing my lifejacket' that was designed to reward good boating safety behaviour. Boater's children found wearing their lifejackets on Lakes Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph were given T-shirts. As the years progressed and as Moffatt got to know the marine operators around the region he started to expand the program. He obtained more sponsors for the program and encouraged other detachments to get money from their sponsors to grow the program, which now serves Windsor to the west, Smith Falls to the East and Kenora to the North.
• Green Marine Environmental Award – Wright's Marina in Britt, Ontario
In a 2008 audit, Wright's Marina achieved a full five-anchor rating in Boating Ontario's Clear Marine program. However, the marina didn't rest on its laurels. When Boating Ontario added 12 new plateaus to Clean Marine (awarding Gold status to a marina meeting four of these new standards or eight for Diamond status and all 12 for Platinum) Wright's Marina set its sights on achieving the next level in the program, adding a new fire pump (its second pump at the marina). It also added more environmentally friendly products to its chandlery, improved its runoff control in the yard and sent two more of its employees to attend a fuel spill workshop. The marina was awarded Gold status for its efforts.
• Marine Professional Award – Sgt. Josh Lockwood, a Field Supervisor with the North Okanagan Zone of the BC Conservation Officer Service
Josh has played an important role in supporting the recreational use by the public on the many lakes within the Southern interior, promoting safety, education and compliance of provincial regulations. In the spring of 2010 he participated in a series of open house forums for two community policing programs called “Shuswap River Watch” and “Kalamalka Lake Watch”. The programs are designed to allow boaters to report other boaters whose boating practices are dangerous or illegal (an example could be a boater who leaves a wake which erodes the shoreline). They are encouraged to take photos, videos and then file the reporting form. Sgt. Lockwood also started a program called “Help Kids Float” and reached out to the public through the media to get youth PFDs donated to the program by putting collection bins in local malls and Conservation Officer Service offices.
• Volunteer of the Year – Joan Eyolfson Cadham, the volunteer Editor-in-Chief of The Port Hole (the official magazine of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons)
Cadham, is an award winning columnist who has written for many boating magazines and CBC radio. In 1995, Joan joined the editorial committee of The Port Hole, where she had been a contributor since the 1980s. She dedicates her volunteer time and professional writing skills to boating and boating safety. Despite being diagnosed with Ideopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, which means that she has had to be on oxygen all the time, Cadham is still as enthusiast and passionate about her volunteer work as she has always been.
• Rescue of the Year – Alan Johnson (captain), his wife Carol Crooks, their nephew Nick Crooks, and friends Alex Baker, Lindie Rudover and Chris Busch for their nighttime rescue of a man-over-board.
On June 18th, the crew of Private Idaho was defending their 2009 spot on the Ken Crooks Trophy at the 38th annual Canadian Club Windsor Invitational Race in Lake St.Clair. The weather during the race became very poor. The winds were gusting 50 miles an hour and waves of three to five feet kept the boat from making any headway. In nearly zero visibility they heard someone cry out “Save me! Save me!” Another sailboat in the race had capsized and one of its passengers was thrown overboard. The crew of the Private Idaho managed to locate and retrieve the man thrown overboard, saving his life. Once aboard the crew took action to stabilize the man's condition.